The COVID-19 has left England’s limited-overs leg in South Africa in sheer doubt with the second ODI, slated to take place on the 7th of December, standing postponed. Cricket South Africa (CSA) and England Cricket Board (ECB) jointly decided to postpone the fixture as they await the outcome of the two unconfirmed COVID-19 positive tests from their camp. England won the preceding three-match T20 series convincingly by 3-0.
The first ODI stood abandoned after South Africa’s bio-bubble’s effectiveness came under question when few of the hotel staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The second ODI, scheduled to take place in Cape Town, has also been postponed as of now as both the cricketing boards have opted to take extra precaution. The final two ODI matches will depend upon the COVID-19 test results.
Cricket South Africa said in an official release that they collaborated with the ECB to arrive at the decision of holding at bay the last two ODIs until the outcome of the two unconfirmed positive COVID-19 tests from the England camp. They also want to ensure the well-being of the cricketers at all costs.
“The decision has been taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) whilst they await the outcome of the independent ratification of the two unconfirmed positive COVID-19 tests from the England camp and the continued health and wellbeing of both playing groups,” CSA released a statement.
Former England captain doubts whether the ODI series will go ahead:
Former English captain and the leading run-scorer for the nation in Test cricket Alastair Cook conceded he would be surprised if the ODI series between England and South Africa will take place. Cook reckons that the players will prefer coming home instead of playing.
“I would be very surprised if this series continues. I’d imagine that the players will want to come home,” Cook said on BBC 5 Radio live.